Breed of the Month–Whippet

1June 2012


Color:  Any
Height:  Males:  18.5-22 inches/  Females:  17-21 inches
Weight:  25-40 lbs
Life Span:  13-15 years

Breed Health Concerns:  Eye problems.

Coat:  Close, short, from, smooth
Country of Origin:  Great Britain

Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more informations.

The Whippet, capable of speeds up to 35 miles per hour, is the fastest domesticated animal (by size).  A miniature version of the Greyhound, the Whippet was developed in the 1800s.  The Whippet is known as the “poor man’s racehorse.”

Intensely focused while running, the Whippet is an adaptable breed that is easygoing, affectionate and gentle.  Generally all-around friendly, the Whippet is still very attached to his family and does well with other dogs and children.  The Whippet is a sighthound and should be kept in an enclosed space or on lead so he does not take off after anything.

A good daily walk will give the Whippet sufficient exercise.  It would be wise to have an area where the Whippet can run with some bursts of speed in a secure area.

Whippets are naturally fairly neat and clean.  The occasional hound glove and brushing is sufficient.

The Whippet is a sensitive breed and should be trained with positive reinforcement.  He is not a super fast learner, but is intelligent and enjoys engaging in fun training sessions.  Socialization is important for this breed.